Filed under: SNME | Tags: Bob Orton, Corporal Kirchner, Cousin Luke, Don Muraco, George Steele, Hillbilly Jim, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Jimmy Hart, Junk Yard Dog, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Uncle Elmer
With the start of the new year the WWF kicks it off with Saturday Night’s Main Event. The WWF was about a year into it’s biggest boom of all time, as we’re about nine months removed from the inaugural Wrestlemania and three months away from Wrestlemania II. Hulk-a-Mania has dominated the WWF for almost two years and was showing no signs of slowing down, meanwhile Tito Santana had what he thought was firm grasp on the WWF Intercontinental Title. In the tag team scene the Dream Team had been running roughshod over the over teams including the Killer Bees and The New US Express, but a new team was getting ready to take over. As 1986 begins we start heading into the build up to Wrestlemania, but the show really doesn’t take shape till the next show, however we do have a Terry Funk versus Hulk Hogan match to headline, so that should be amazing. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brutus Beefcake, Corporal Kirchner, Cowboy Lang, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Iron Mike Sharpe, Iron Sheik, Jesse Ventura, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Snuka, Johnny V, JunkYard Dog, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lord Littlebrook, Moondog Rex, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, SD Jones, Sivi Afi, Slick, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea
The Best of series continues as we hit number nine. This is one comes in a very bright yellow box with the Junkyard Dog on the cover. Advertised matches include a six man tag, a battle royal, midget madness, a boot camp match and Ricky Steamboat versus Randy Savage which should be amazing. This looks like it’s going to be one of the best in the series so far with those matches, well other then the midget match. So let’s not waste time and let’s get this show rolling.
The usual opener rolls and we are welcomed by Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny V who hype up the tape and Johnny makes some bad jokes. Gorilla goes over the card for the show, and once again I’m impressed with the lineup. They go over the rules of the Boot Camp match and Gorilla makes fun of Johnny being in the battle royal. We head to the ring for the opening contest. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Brian Blair, Brutus Beefcake, Dick Slater, Don Muraco, Ernie Ladd, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Hoss Funk, Hulk Hogan, Iron Mike Sharpe, Jacques Rougeau, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Johnny V, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Pedro Morales, Raymond Rougeau, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, The Machines, Tony Garea
We move along to one of my favorite Coliseum Video releases, The Big Event. This show took place in the summer of 1986 in Toronto, Ontario with over sixty five thousand fans in attendance. This show is basically what Summerslam became as this was a huge show that highlight the feuds and stories of the WWF in 1986. Our headline match features World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defending against former friend Paul Orndorff. The Hulk/Orndorff feud went on and off for years in the WWF as it started in 1984 and ended the first time at Wrestlemania when Hulk and Mr T defeated Paul and Roddy Piper in the main event, Piper and Bob Orton then abandonded Paul along with Hulk and T. Paul and Hulk then became a tag team and were doing pretty good, until Adrian Adonis got in the middle. Adrian claimed that Hulk was using Paul and just pretending to be his friend so he didn’t have to face him. Paul said that was not true and that Hulk was always there for him, he then called Hulk from Adonis’ talk show, but was told Hulk was too busy to talk to him. Paul was irate and Bobby Heenan quickly jumped in to stir the pot. At Saturday Night’s Main Event Hulk and Paul teamed up against Heenan’s charges of King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd, and through the match Paul refused to tag Hulk in. After winning the match Bundy and Studd attacked Hulk until Paul made the save, or so we all thought. Paul helped Hulk to his feet only to blast him with a vicious clothesline and followed that with a piledriver on the champion. Paul left the ringside area with Bundy, Studd and a grinning Bobby Heenan, thus setting the stage for tonight’s Big Event.
The tape is bright blue and features only one face on the cover, King Tonga, no just kidding of course it’s Hulk Hogan. The box mentions the record crowd, and the main event plus The Machines, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Junkyard Dog and more. No opening video this time, instead we see overhead footage of Toronto from a chopper as Gene narrates what we will see. It looks odd not seeing the Skydome next to the CN tower, just feels like it’s been there forever. We see clips of some of the big names we’re going to see tonight, and an overhead shot of the CNE and we see the crowd, which looks amazing similar to Wrestlemania III. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Cousin Junior, Dan Spivey, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Jim Powers, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lou Albano, Moondog Rex, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Ricky Hunter, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, Terry Gibbs, Tony Garea
It’s time for the eighth tape in the Best of the WWF series, as we head through the summer of 1986. The cover for this volume is bright yellow and features a young star named Bret Hart. Advertised on the box are Jake the Snake versus Ricky Steamboat, Pedro Morales versus Adrian Adonis, Pat Patterson versus Lou Albano, debuts of Hercules, Dan Spivey and Harley Race. It looks like quite the impressive lineup, so let’s roll the tape.
The usual opening sequence sends us to Mene Gene who talks about the WWF TV coverage, seven hours a week across the planet. That really surprised me, I thought we had a lot of TV today, but they had about the same twenty five years ago! Gene sends it to our opening match, from Madison Square Gardens! Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Alfred Hayes, Bob Orton, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Don Muraco, Fabulous Moolah, Freddie Blassie, George Steele, Hoss Funk, Jesse Ventura, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Lou Albano, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Roddy Piper
Wow, it’s been over a year since I updated my blog, didn’t expect to be away from this for so long. I’m back and we’re going to continue the amazing WWF Coliseum Home Video collection. Picking up where we left off, is the Explosive TNT Show tape. TNT, for those who’ve never seen it, was the WWF’s attempt at doing a talk show. Basically it’s Vince McMahon as the host, with sidekick Lord Alfred Hayes and they interview the WWF wrestlers and do variois stupid skits and stunts. It was the ultimate in WWF cheese, and I’m surprised they haven’t tried to resurrect it. The box for this volume is black and has pictures of Bobby Heenan, the Hart Foundation, Mr Fuji, Don Muraco and Vince himself. With this being more of a series of vignettes and not matches, this review won’t be like the normal ones, but this is not your normal VHS tape, so let’s get to it. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Bruno Sammartino, Don Muraco, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Hart, JunkYard Dog, Mr T, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Superstar Billy Graham, Terry Funk, Tito Santana
The next entry in the Coliseum Home Video library is simply called WWF Greatest Matches, I thought it was supposed to be Grudge Matches? Well, according to the History of WWF website there is no CHV called Greatest Matches, so I wonder if this was re-released under a different name? Regardless, this should be a good tape as it’s supposedly greatest matches. The box is blue with stripes and features Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik and Hillbilly Jim…wait…Hillbilly Jim? On a greatest matches tape? Are they kidding me? I like Jim but I can’t see him in a greatest match against anyone. Well, let’s see what they actually offer on here. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Afa, Andre the Giant, Barry O, Big John Studd, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Brutus Beefcake, Chief Jay Strongbow, Davey Boy Smith, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Ivan Putski, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Leilani Kai, Moolah, Mr Fuji, Paul Orndorff, Ricky Steamboat, Rocky Johnson, Samula, Sika, Tito Santana, Wendi Richter
Returning to the classic Coliseum Home Video collection, we move on to Best of the WWF Volume 5. This of course is the fifth in the Best of collection, which totaled twenty in all. I expect that this tape will cover late 1985 rolling into 1986, as we began to head towards Wrestlemania II. This tape is bring red and features Ricky Steamboat on the cover with a sleeper hold on Don Muraco, so I guess we’ll have that match on here. Also advertised is Wendi Richter versus Leilani Kai and Jesse Ventura versus Tito Santana. Always cool to see a Jesse match, as he really didn’t get a lot of respect for his in ring abilities, mainly for his commentary. Continue reading